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The Roseau River is an international watershed traversing Minnesota and Manitoba, and a travel route used by Ojibwe for generations. Community members came to the Northwest RSDP for support in developing recreational sites along the river that are inclusive of diverse populations and accessible for a range of physical abilities.
LiDAR uses rapid pulses of light to gather information about surrounding shapes and surfaces and generate detailed digital maps. The technique is enhancing everything from floodplain mapping and natural resource planning to emergency management and public utilities work. Upcoming training opportunities are being supported by the Southwest and Southeast RSDPs.
A food forest combines trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and self-seeding annuals to provide edible fruits and nuts. Rather than individually maintained parcels, the entire food forest is open to the public for harvest. The idea is to create an ecosystem that protects the soil, provides healthy foods, and requires minimal labor to be productive.
Consumer interest in experiencing closer connections to their food is contributing to a growth in agritourism offerings in Minnesota. Events like the Central RSDP-supported Salsa Fest provide opportunities to connect with growers and makers of value-added products such as salsa.